Prevention Series - Preventing Sacroiliac Joint Pain:

The pelvic floor connects your back to your lower half and holds all of those areas together in one cohesive unit. The points of connection between the spine and girdle, like the connection between any bones, are called joints. These joints in particular are called the sacroiliac joints. You probably don’t think about them on a regular basis, but if these joints encounter a problem, there can be serious consequences. One such consequence is a condition known as sacroiliitis.  
 

Watch your posture!  Maintaining a good posture is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to prevent sciatica. A good posture ensures proper alignment of the spine and can help avoid damage to the spinal cord. You must be careful about your posture while you stand or even sit.  One of the top focuses of Modus is postural strength.  Read More…

 Your back is made of not one, but many different parts. Most of these are the vertebrae, small bones that link together to allow the spine to bend and twist, which in turn allows you to move. The whole vertebral column is often called the spine. But the back, part of your upper half, has to connect to the lower half. The point at which this happens is where the lower spine connects to a bone that connects your legs and back, the pelvic girdle. It holds all of those areas together in one cohesive unit. The points of connection between the spine and girdle, like the connection between any bones, are called joints. These joints in particular are called the sacroiliac joints. You probably don’t think about them on a regular basis, but if these joints encounter a problem, there can be serious consequences. One such consequence is a condition known as sacroiliitis.

Sacroiliitis is defined by the Mayo Clinic as an inflammation of one or more of the sacroiliac joints. This inflammation may be caused by several different things. Trauma such as sudden impacts from accidents and falls may damage the joints. Arthritis, especially the kind caused from the joint wearing out (osteoarthritis), can cause the condition as well if it occurs in the spine. Another arthritis that can cause this is ankylosing spondylitis, a type of inflammatory arthritis. Pregnancy is another potential cause of sacroiliitis. The spine must stretch and loosen up to accommodate the growing child inside the mother. This may put additional stress on the sacroiliac joints. Finally, the last potential cause can be infections in rarer cases.

Prevention of sacroiliac joint pain should be the goal. Once the pain starts it requires intervention to reverse it.

•   It is important to warm-up properly before beginning any activity. To prevent SI joint pain it is very important to warm-up the muscles surrounding the hips before weight bearing and high-impact activities. This will ensure adequate shock absorption and strong support for the joints.

•   Identifying activities that cause pain will help in preventing future discomfort. Avoiding those activities that immediately cause pain, or eventually lead to pain, may also help identify the causes of the pain.

•   Exercises that help strengthen the muscles around the hips will provide support for the sacroiliac joint. Stronger muscles, tendons and ligaments help hold a joint together and prevent subluxations and dislocations. Stronger muscles also provide additional shock absorption and transfer less of the impact to the spine.

•   Stretching the muscles around the joint will also help prevent chronic overuse conditions from causing pain and inflammation in the joint. It will also prevent an uneven pull on the joint leading to additional complications. Stretches for the piriformis muscle, among others, will help prevent SI joint dysfunction.

Watch your posture
Maintaining a good posture is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to prevent sciatica. A good posture ensures proper alignment of the spine and can help avoid damage to the spinal cord. You must be careful about your posture while you stand or even sit. Also, try to avoid sitting for long periods at a stretch. 

Maintain your weight
Regular exercise can go at length in preventing sciatica. Simple stretching exercises can release muscle tension. Besides, regular exercise will help strengthen your lower back. This in turn will aid in preventing sciatica. Though you can practice any physical exercise, it is yoga that works best to prevent the problem. You can also consider brisk walking for 30 minutes every day. Walking aids in the alignment of the spine and can keep sciatica at bay.